June 29, 2012

Scholarships for Chinese Students in Canada

How Chinese students can offset the cost of studying in Canada

There are more Chinese students studying in Canada than those of any other nation. One reason that attracts Chinese students to Canada is that they can obtain study scholarships that offset course fees and living costs.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a Chinese audience there had been a remarkable increase in the number of Chinese students studying in Canada.

“Following our 2009 agreements, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of Chinese students studying in Canada.

“There is no better place in the world to study than Canada. That's why more than 60,000 Chinese students now attend Canada’s world-class colleges and universities, a 35 per cent increase in four years …and the number is growing.”

Many Canadian universities and colleges offer scholarships for gifted students, including those from China. The kind of award and financial benefits varies. Applications should be made directly to each university or college. 

Here are 5 Canadian scholarships that are suitable for Chinese students:

June 25, 2012

Selecting the Right Study Abroad Program for You

The day has come: You're ready to tightly pack your suitcase, book that overseas plane ticket, and jet off to a study abroad and have the time of your life. But, wait a minute. Just where are you off to?

Finding the right study abroad program is like tracking down the ideal spouse. The program needs to meet your needs, wants, desires, and hopes. For those of us all too familiar with the dating scene, we know it's difficult to find all of these criteria, but does that mean finding the right degree program is treacherous and nearly impossible? Absolutely not! You just have to know what to look for.
In selecting your study abroad program, there are four criteria you should pay the most attention to: program cost, program location, degree compatibility, and cultural compatibility. Finding the program that meets your needs in these four categories will help you decide where you belong. And whether it's Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Mexico – you name it – there is a program out there that is right for you. Just consider these specific points when you're selecting your destination.

June 21, 2012

Going to School Online, Is It Right for Everyone?

If you are thinking about going to school online you may want to think twice. Going to school online is a completely different experience than going on campus. We've got a few tips and tricks to help you decide if going to school online is right for you and your education. 

For many, going to school online is ideal because it’s so convenient. You can study when and where you want. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection for most courses. This means you can easily fit your academic obligations around other commitments, like work and family. Also, since you’re able to attend class from home, you won’t have to spend time and money commuting to campus. 

June 19, 2012

Surviving Abroad - Tips for Staying Focused in a Foreign Country

Studying abroad in a foreign country is a privilege and an adventure that many lucky students embark on in their college days. There is really no better time for world travel and studying abroad than college. The four years that young students spend on a college campus build them into strong-minded and confident young adults. It is through regular course study and consistently challenging situations that young college students discover their passions in life and their motivations for the future.

Many students decide to study abroad during their college years. Exploring new cultures, languages, and regions is a wonderful way to learn more about yourself and your interests. While studying abroad as a college student can be extremely rewarding, it can also be very academically challenging. With so many new experiences to have, new places to explore, and new people to meet, maintaining academic focus can be a real challenge. Consider these tips for more successful studying abroad.

June 16, 2012

Getting Ready For the GREs!

If you are considering graduate school after finishing your bachelor’s degree, then you should expect to take the GRE. The GRE, or Graduate Record Exam, is similar to the SAT in that it tests your verbal, writing and quantitative analysis, demonstrating that you have the basic skills and the knowledge of a college graduate. Most university graduate programs require that you take the GRE for admission; in some cases, you may be required to take a subject test as well to prove your preparedness for entering the program.

The GRE test itself is offered all year round in testing centers nationwide. Most people take the computer-based test, although some testing centers still offer the paper-based exam. When you register for the test, you choose a date and time that works for you and visit the testing center at the designated time to complete the test in a controlled environment. Like the SATs, you can take the GRE as many times as you need to improve your score. While many students opt to take the exam in the fall of their senior year, before graduate school application deadlines, some take the test in the spring of their junior year or even over the summer in order to leave plenty of time for a re-take if necessary.

June 14, 2012

Why is Cultural Immersion an Important Part of Studying Abroad?

All study abroad programs and foreign language programs are combined and offered to students as an immersive experience that would help them learn more. The question that arises is why it so important to visit a place to understand its culture. Communication has gone global and it has become easy for everyone to view video footage from around the globe. So what is it that necessitates a travel experience? 

Cultural Immersion: An Unforgettable Impact
Study abroad programs and gap year programs continuously focus on the cultural immersion aspect. No matter where a student goes, whether it is Europe or Asia, emphasis on this aspect is evident and so much so that home stays are arranged to help a student experience the lifestyle of the resident of that country.  What is it that makes this aspect of study overseas and student exchange programs so important?

June 11, 2012

The Fail-Proof Guide to Studying

Studying usually conjures up images of frantic students in the small hours of the night, surrounded by textbooks, notebooks, and snacks, rubbing their eyes and staring hollowly at notes they’ve read a hundred times in preparation for a test the next day.

This method of “studying” has a better name, a moniker oft-used and much loved by students: cramming. But is cramming actually effective?  It might help you — and I should stress might — scrape by whatever test you’re cramming for, but, as an article in Popular Science states, “hurried memorization is a hopeless approach for retaining information.”